From Toronto to Toyako: African AIDS activists and Canadian celebrities join World Vision's call for government to keep its G8 promises



    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - At the June 26 Toronto launch of World Vision's
One Life Experience AIDS exhibit, visiting African AIDS advocates and Canadian
celebrities will join the organization in calling on Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and his fellow G8 leaders to keep their AIDS-related promises when they
meet in Toyako, Japan next month.
    Malawian AIDS activist Olipa Chimangeni will share her personal story as
featured in the One Life Experience, a 186-square metre (2,000 square-foot)
interactive exhibit stopping in Toronto as part of a national tour that has
attracted 28,000 Canadians. She personifies how Africans are fighting on all
levels to overcome the AIDS pandemic. Chimangeni and her seven-year-old
daughter are among the reported 33 million people, including 2.5 million
children, living with HIV worldwide.
    Through the stories of four youth affected by AIDS, including Chimangeni,
the One Life Experience moves visitors beyond the grim statistics to gain an
understanding of why the pandemic is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our
time.
    So far, more than 24,500 Canadians have signed a petition calling on the
Canadian government to live up to the G8 commitment made at the 2005 Summit to
provide universal access to AIDS prevention, treatment and care by 2010. These
petitions will be delivered to the Prime Minister prior to the July 7-9, 2008
G8 meeting.
    Following a media briefing, long-time World Vision supporter Tom Cochrane
as well as Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity-Spadina and The Honourable David
Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will officially open the One
Life Experience exhibit.

    
    WHAT:  World Vision's G8 news briefing and the launch of the
           One Life Experience

    WHEN:  Thursday, June 26, 2008

           11:15 a.m. G8 news briefing
           Olipa Chimangeni, HIV and AIDS activist from Malawi
           Ethel Kapyepye, HIV and AIDS senior manager, World Vision Malawi
           Amboka Wameyo, advocacy program integration manager,
           World Vision Canada
           Dave Toycen, president and CEO, World Vision Canada

           12:00 p.m. Launch of the One Life Experience interactive
                      AIDS exhibit
           Tom Cochrane, Canadian musician and World Vision supporter
           Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity-Spadina
           The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

    WHERE: Harbourfront Centre
           (on the lawn directly east of Harbourfront Centre)
           235 Queens Quay West,
           Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
    

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. To learn more about World Vision, please visit
WorldVision.ca.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Tiffany Baggetta, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2485, (416) 305-9612 (mobile),
tiffany_baggetta@WorldVision.ca; Yoko Kobayashi, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2151,
(416) 671-0086 (mobile), yoko_kobayashi@WorldVision.ca


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